Catherine Logue is our Hairdressing tutor. We got to sit down and talk to her about what trainees can expect when they enrol and why a work placement is so important. Check out the interview below.
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“My name is Catherine Logue and I deliver Hairdressing qualifications levels 1, 2, 3 at 21 Training.”
What does a typical day of a student look like?
“When trainees come to the salon, we have theory and practical lessons. Hairdressing is very hands on so it’s a lot of practical, but every unit has its theory knowledge base behind it.Units that we cover in Hairdressing would be Health and Safety, Customer Services, Client Consultations, Shampooing, Blow drying, Setting and Styling, Colouring and Cutting, there are range of topics to cover.The industry is changing all the time so there’s always new trends and changes every year, so we always keep up with the techniques and changes.”
Do you have to have the gift of the gab to be a Hairdresser?
“You don’t have to say be outgoing just have a passion for Hairdressing and be willing to learn. I had a trainee not long ago that was very shy and kept to herself. At the start, I didn’t know if Hairdressing was going to be for her BUT she finished her level 2 qualification with flying colours, she got her head down, got herself a really good placement and she ended up working full time in that placement and went on to do her level 3 apprenticeship with us. She is now flying”
Trainees get real work experience when on their placement how important is it to get that experience?
“To complete your qualification, you need a placement what you learn here in the academy you are learning following your vocational qualification and its very different when you go out into industry, so they are getting hands on experience when they are out working.You get to deal with different customers and clients because when your in here you could be working on your dolls head or each other and whenever you’re in work placement you don’t know who’s going to come through the door and you don’t know what kind of hair will come through. You do get the best experience, and the work placement can lead to full time work as it did for that trainee.She is still doing it now, under unique circumstances.”
What would you say to anyone who is maybe in their final year of education and thinking of studying in the hair and beauty sector?
“Well whenever I was leaving school I had a passion for hair and beauty so I decided to do both as I couldn’t choose and opted to do a combined course with the two and then hairdressing was more for me. It’s very hands-on and its very creative and whenever you think about working in the salon no day is the same as the day before, it’s always different. At 21 Training there is a combined course between the two.At Level 1 there is a combined hair and beauty and at level 2 it depends if you’re going to be doing an NVQ or a VRQ qualification. NVQ is only hair or beauty or barbering, where with a VRQ you do a combined hair and beauty course.”
What can someone expect when they enrol?
“When they enrol they get given their full hairdressing training kit that includes the hair clamps, dolls head, hairdryer, straighteners, clips, combs, brushes, rollers, everything that you need to complete your level 2 qualification and that’s the same for beauty therapy and barbering.You have your tunic your PPE as well and we have all the resources here for online learning from smart screens to textbooks we have everything here.”
During the lockdown how did your trainees continue their qualifications?
“So, the learning hasn’t stopped.Due to Covid tutors embraced a mix of blended learning for lessons we are teaching our lessons online and the students have their kits at home so they’re still able to carry out practical work.Depending on the lesson if it’s practical or knowledge-based the work can be sent back so I can assess if they are competent within that area so they can send back videos of them doing their hair or before and after photos.”
What would you say (no pun intended) are the highlights of being a Hairdressing tutor?
“It’s seeing someone coming in not being able to clip someone’s hair and watching them develop their skills. I have seen some really good trainees that are still working in the industry and it’s just the start for them. You’re learning all the time, I am doing it for nearly 19 years and I am still learning.Because the trends always change so you’re always upskilling and there is loads of big name Hairdressers you can follow on like Instagram and Twitter that are doing online courses and tutorials. There is so much education out there online to follow for all the different units like up styling, colouring, cutting. Now’s the time if you want to do hairdressing.”